What they do
Radio producers plan, create and develop radio programs, and oversee the technical and organisational aspects of their production. They generate and research ideas for programs, source on-air contributors, write and develop scripts, select music for the show and listen to recordings to edit them into stories or segments. Radio producers may also present programs on-air or manage the presenters for pre-recorded or live broadcast content. They check the copyright and legal guidelines of media content usage, brief on-air or technical staff about particular recording or broadcast requirements, and archive material that has been broadcast. Radio producers may work throughout Western Australia on commercial and community stations.
Radio producers work in the production facilities of radio stations. These facilities may or may not be attached to the station's broadcasting facilities. They may also be required to travel to record radio news or other stories live on-location. They work regular hours, but may be expected to work long hours when working to a deadline, and may need to work late hours if they are producing a show that is broadcast live in a late-night slot.
Tools and technologies
Radio producers use a range of radio broadcasting equipment, including multi-channel sound and mixing desks, CD and other media players, and both studio and portable microphones for recording on location. They also use sound recording and editing software, and computers with music editing software.
How do I become one?
Education and training
To become a radio producer, you usually need to gain a qualification in broadcasting, media, communications or a related area.
The Diploma of Screen and Media (Radio Broadcasting) and the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Radio Broadcasting) are offered at TAFE colleges and other registered training organisations throughout Western Australia. To find a training provider near you, browse the Jobs and Skills WA website or visit the My Skills website.
You can also complete a traineeship in broadcasting. The broadcasting (radio) (level 3 and level 4) traineeships usually take 12 months to complete.
You can also complete a degree in communications, media production or a related area. Most universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.
Apprenticeships and traineeships
As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer, enabling you to complete training towards a nationally recognised qualification. You spend time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider.
You can do an apprenticeship or traineeship if you are a school-leaver, re-entering the workforce or as an adult or mature-aged person wishing to change careers. You can even begin your apprenticeship or traineeship while you're still at school.
If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.